HILLARY CLINTON’S MIDDLE EAST LEGACY: THOMAS OAKES ****

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/hillary_clintons_middle_east_legacy.html

Most of the time foreign policy barely registers on the radar screens of American voters. That’s why it’s easy for Hillary Clinton fans to promote the false notion that she was a first-rate Secretary of State despite her four-year string of failures.

“I’ve done what was possible to do,” Clinton told reporters just hours before she resigned.

Apparently, it was not possible to strengthen our relationships with allies like Britain, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Poland, and the Czech Republic, but easy to throw the Middle East into turmoil.

Clinton’s reset with Russia has been a diplomatic disaster.

The State Department pivot to Asia is a retreat from events that are spinning out of control in the Middle East. Attempting to contain China at the very time our navy is being downsized will result in increased Chinese assertiveness (see here, here, and here) and a further erosion of the trust our friends in the Asia-Pacific region have in us.

Women’s Rights

In America, Hillary Clinton is touted as a global champion of women’s rights. Yet the Arab Spring that took place on her watch has set Muslim women’s rights back fifty years in newly-formed Middle East governments dominated by Islamic fundamentalists.

Libya

When the U.S. engages in sustained military activity, as in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, public interest in foreign policy is heightened somewhat. However, when we launched cruise missiles and used A-10 ground attack aircraft, B-2 stealth bombers, AV-8B Harrier jump-jets, and both F-15E and F-16 fighters in a brief war against Libya in 2011, few Americans bothered to ask why.

The State Department offered a flimsy, largely unsubstantiated justification for U.S. military intervention in Libya, and many people accepted it.

The U.S. role in destabilizing Libya, along with the secret Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) raids across North Africa authorized by John Brennan — Barack Obama’s then-Deputy National Security Adviser, and now his nominee to head the CIA — have increased uncertainty in the region.

According to a recent book co-authored by former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and former Green Beret Jack Murphy, entitled Benghazi: The Definitive Report, a JSOC attack on the Islamic group Ansar al-Sharia days before September 11, 2012 may have triggered a retaliatory strike against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Michael Kelly, writing for Business Insider, has reported the possible involvement of American Ambassador Christopher Stevens in the covert movement of heavy weapons from Libya to Syrian rebels. Stevens, along with three other Americans, was killed in the Benghazi attack, deaths that Hillary Clinton failed to prevent.

GHAFFAR HUSSEIN: LESSONS FROM THE BIRMINGHAM TERROR PLOT

Britain, with it’s culture of free-speech and anti-establishment activism, is a fertile breeding ground for extremism. It will remain so until we develop a sense of national cohesion http://www.thecommentator.com/article/2779/lessons_from_the_recent_birmingham_terrorist_plot The recent convictions of three Muslim men, who were at the advanced stages of planning a spectacular terrorist attack targeting Birmingham city centre, has led to […]

JANET LEVY: GUESS WHICH IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE FEDERAL AGENCY? ****

3) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) $ 142 billion per year

2) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) $ 184.8 billion per year

1) EnvironMental Perversion Agency (EPA) $ 353 billion per year

The “most expensive” translates into the most powerful.

As Iain Murray noted in The Really Inconvenient Truths, the false notions advanced by the EPA have led to questionable regulations and policies to “save” the environment, including the effort to limit access to vital energy resources (except in Brazil) and impinge on private property rights. In actuality, these policies have endangered more species, caused more human fatalities and squandered more energy.

EnvironMentalism has been used as an anti-capitalism tool, employing faulty data and politically engineered studies to restrict personal freedom, increase government control and spending, reduce or limit economic growth and curtail free enterprise all the while continuing to masquerade as a benevolent protector of natural resources.

(NOTE: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the most powerful pieces of legislation on the books. No other government mission overrules the ESA’s objective of protecting endangered species. (They take precedence over humans). The law can even close military bases and training facilities. The effects of the ESA are so far-reaching that it enables the U.S. government to prohibit property owners from using their land with no reimbursement provided for its disuse and reduced value and no cessation of customary taxation. The ESA does NOT specify a time frame or plan for completion of species recovery. ESA violations carry steep fines in excess of $50,000 and imprisonment of up to one year. Rewards are issued to individuals who report violators).

Janet Levy,
Los Angeles

THE ISLAMIC CLOUD OVER BRENNEN AND HAGEL: ADMIRAL JAMES “ACE” LYONS (RET.)

http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2013/02/19/the-islamic-cloud-over-brennan-and-hagel/ Two key national security nominations by President Obama are up for confirmation following Congress‘ recess this week: former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, and John O. Brennan, the president’s key counterterrorism adviser, to be the director of the CIA. Both candidates have had to address issues based on their past […]

How Muslim Proselytizing Creeps Into Public Schools by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2013/02/19/how-muslim-proselytizing-creeps-into-public-schools/ The Loudoun County School Board is reaching the denouement of a multiyear deliberation about an application for a charter school that has strong ties to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamist. His followers have already started some 135 American charter schools. Their focus is to promote an increasingly Shariah-dominated Turkey. Incredibly, the school board’s members […]

A Hard Reckoning by Shoshana Bryen

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3596/syria-assad-reckoning Whatever the fate of Bashar Assad, Iran is unlikely to abandon its investment in Hezbollah or in other Syrian groups, but Iran’s interests go well beyond the Syria/Hezbollah axis. Iranian influence in predominantly Shiite Iraq continues to grow and there are reports of Iran building Iraqi Hezbollah militias as the security situation continues to […]

Steven Plaut: The Collapse of Iran’s Rial

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3597/iran-rial-collpase The Iranian banking system is rife with corruption and embezzlement. Of loans to public entities, over 90% are non-performing. The Ayatollahs seem to understand that the real threat to their hold on power comes from Iranians on the street and in the bazaar – people who understand that the government, not sanctions, has ruined […]

STEVE EMERSON: I STAND BY MY FILM “THE GRAND DECEPTION”

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3916/steve-emerson-i-stand-by-my-film Steve Emerson: I stand by my film ‘The Grand Deception’ was well-researched, using sources that included faithful Muslims and the FBI. Instead of addressing facts, CAIR chose to attack me personally. When the facts are on your side, argue the facts, the old legal cliché instructs. But, in the case of CAIR-LA Executive Director […]

JACK ENGELHARD: LET OBAMA BRING HIS BIBLE TO JERUSALEM

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/novelists-view-world/2013/feb/21/let-obama-bring-his-bible-jerusalem/ NEW YORK, February 21, 2013 – This might be a good time for some Bible diplomacy as the President prepares to visit Israel March 20. Every right to build on the land of Israel was already codified and blessed for the Jewish people in Scriptures. ——————————————————————————– SEE RELATED: Anti-Semitism: Coming to a college near […]

SARAH HONIG: NOT ALL REFUGEES ARE CREATED EQUAL

http://sarahhonig.com/2013/02/22/another-tack-not-created-equal/ Not all refugees are created equal. This is an incontestable fact – regardless of prevalent propaganda fronting as humanitarian indignation. Some refugees are the world’s darlings and have unremittingly been tugging hard at its heartstrings for decades. Others got a passing glance at most, accompanied – for a fleeting moment – by quasi-compassionate handwringing. […]